President Hamid Karzai offered Saturday to meet personally with Taliban leader Mullah Omar for peace talks and give the militants a high position in a government ministry as a way to end the rising insurgency in Afghanistan….
We made it very clear we want Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar and their senior leadership. And if they’re taken alive we expect to take custody of them.
And, just as a reminder, who is Mullah Omar? Well, this ought to refresh your memory. After the horrific losses on 9/11, we had an unprecedented level of support from nations that had never before fully cooperated with us, intelligence in-roads among any number of nations that had previously been closed to us absent subterfuge, and a huge opening for a conversation about moderation versus zealotry and violence across the broad spectrum of religion and culture. Instead, we followed our President’s obsession with Saddam down a budgetary and resource quagmire of a rabbit hole. And the Taliban and al qaeda continue their march back to power while we slip further and further down in influence across the globe. If you think this isn’t going to cost us for generations to come, you aren’t thinking about it hard enough.
Heckuva job, Bushie.